Writing is all of the above, underneath and sideways

Writing is dutiful.

If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.
—Toni Morrison

Writing is life-affirming.

We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.
—Anaïs Nin

Writing is clarity.

One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.
—Jack Kerouac

Writing is madness.

Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.
—E. L. Doctorow

Writing is revelation.

I write because it is a way of glimpsing the truth.
—Mark Helprin

Writing is legacy.

History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.
—Winston Churchill

Writing is vanity.

How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.
—Henry David Thoreau

Writing is excellence.

Let me live, love and say it well in good sentences.
—Sylvia Plath

Writing is sexy.

Writing is like sex. First you do it for love, then you do it for your friends, and then you do it for money.
—Virginia Woolf

Writing is drama.

Show me a hero, and I’ll write you a tragedy.
—F. Scott Fitzgerald

Writing is freedom.

You can make anything by writing.
—C. S. Lewis

Writing is a personal challenge.

A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.
—Thomas Mann

Writing is memory.

Write what should not be forgotten.
—Isabel Allende

Writing is remedy.

The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.
—Albert Camus

Writing is romance.

Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.
—William Wordsworth

Writing is awareness.

Your intuition knows what to write, so get out of the way.
—Ray Bradbury

Writing is bloodletting.

There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.
—Ernest Hemingway

Writing is empowerment.

A word after a word after a word is power.
—Margaret Atwood

Writing is oxygen.

I write for the same reason I breathe … because if I didn’t, I would die.
—Isaac Asimov

Writing is craft.

A writer is a person who cares what words mean, what they say, how they say it.
—Ursula K. Le Guin

Writing is selfish.

Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.
—Cyril Connolly

Writing is practice.

Don’t be ‘a writer’. Be writing.
—William Faulkner

Writing is fantasy.

Writing is a job, a talent, but it’s also the place to go in your head. It is the imaginary friend you drink your tea with in the afternoon.
—Ann Patchett

Writing is self-examination.

Writing is utter solitude, the descent into the cold abyss of oneself.
—Franz Kafka

Writing is nostalgia.

I want to write, partly at least, for the kind of reader I was when I was nineteen years old.
—Richard Ford

Writing is self-expression.

Write your story as it needs to be written. Write it honestly and tell it as best you can. I’m not sure that there are any other rules. Not ones that matter.
—Neil Gaiman

Writing is exploration.

I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.
—Joan Didion

Writing is movement.

If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write.
—Martin Luther

Writing is bravery.

I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.
—Anne Frank

Writing is coping.

Why did I write? Because I found life unsatisfactory.
—Tennessee Williams

Writing is release.

If a story is in you, it has to come out.
—William Faulkner

Writing is determination.

I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word. Sometimes I write one, and I look at it, until it begins to shine.
—Emily Dickinson

Writing is passion.

I’m just going to write because I cannot help it.
—Charlotte Brontë

Writing is persistence.

Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere.
—Anne Lamott

Writing is rhythm.

To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it’s about, but the music the words make.
—Truman Capote

Writing is subtraction.

I try to leave out the parts that people skip.
—Elmore Leonard

Writing is done achievement.

I hate writing, I love having written.
—Dorothy Parker

Writing is beginning.

There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they’ll take you.
—Beatrix Potter

Writing is all of the above, underneath and sideways.


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